You may have seen them on TV or have one silently moving its way around your office once the working day has finished, but do robotic vacuum cleaners actually work well, or do they suck? (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.)
As a relatively new consumer technology if you do purchase a vacuum robot then you have to accept that although what you may have just purchased is cheaper and better than a two year old model, in two years time it will be old news.
If you don’t mind accepting that the best is yet to come and you’d like to save yourself some time on routine cleaning then these devices may well be worthy of investigation. Cost-wise you can pick up a robot for the price of a reasonable upright or cyclinder vacuum cleaner.
We asked a professional expert to give us his verdict on these machines and, to be honest, we were quite surprised at his conclusions.
Bill Weir runs a well established Edinburgh carpet cleaning firm and he was positive on their use. “One of the main causes of deterioration in carpets and floor coverings is ground in dirt,” he says. “Little stones, even pieces of food can destroy the fibres of carpets, cutting them loose from the main body. This results in more potentially dangerous household dust as well as shortening the lifespan of your carpet.
“Vacuum cleaning robots are a great way of ensuring that your carpets are regularly cleaned, especially helpful if time is short. I have some customers who have one beavering away when they are out at work. At the weekend they’ll use a traditional method for really deep cleaning, but there’s no doubt in my mind that picking up debris soon after it falls on the carpet is one of the surest ways to guarantee that it will be less harmful to the fibres.
“Carpet cleaning robots aren’t at the point yet when they can replace a good vacuum cleaner, but as an additional help then I think that they can be good value for money in the long term.”
So, is it worth it, or should we wait for a year or two until the prices come tumbling down?
It comes down to personal choice but we hear at Gadget News Update don’t need any further convincing. With prices now below the £250 mark we couldn’t wait any longer and a few of us have “invested” in robots. The main feedback in our office – just how hynotic and relaxing they are to watch.
Plus, they do actually work. From pet hair to crushed corn flakes on the kitchen floor they are perfect, and if you drop glass or crockery you can set one to work while you are out at the office and your floor should be barefoot safe upon your return home.
Whilst they don’t work as powerfully as a top of the range traditional vacuum cleaner they certainly reduce the need to get the bid device out of the cupboard and are a huge time saver.
Plus they look cool and are a great talking point!
Here’s a quick guide to which is best http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2014/05/test/four-on-the-floor